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4 finalists for Oro Valley manager post include Sierra Vista ass't manager

Oro Valley has been without a permanent town manager for nearly a year, with one search process that didn't pan out. The Town Council named four finalists for the post on Thursday, including an assistant city manager for Sierra Vista, Mary Jacobs, who was a finalist for the Tucson city manager job two years ago.... Read more»

National park visitors spent $995 million at nearby businesses in Arizona

The 12 million people who visited national parks in Arizona last year spent more than $995 million with nearby businesses, a $63 million increase from the year before, the National Park Service said.... Read more»

Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.... Read more»

FactCheck: Did Democrats once support border wall?

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney made an apples-to-oranges comparison when he said he couldn’t understand why Democrats opposed supplemental funding for a border wall since many of them were for it back in 2006.... Read more»

NAFTA’s impact: Real or imagined, Trump promised to rework it, return jobs to U.S.

Though debate has raged on about NAFTA’s true impact on the U.S. economy since it was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994, the general consensus among economists is that NAFTA has had a positive, if modest, actual impact on the U.S. economy.... Read more»

DACA teachers, used to comforting, find themselves in need of comfort

Former Phoenix teacher Reyna Montoya said it was typical for undocumented children to come to her and talk about their troubles in school and their fears at home, where they or their parents might be deported. They came to Montoya because she understood. She was undocumented herself before getting a work permit under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.... Read more»

CBP: Pursuit leads to $1M drug bust in Elgin

Border Patrol agents seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana, worth more than $1 million, on Tuesday afternoon after a truck they were pursuing crashed near Elgin, authorities said. ... Read more»

More than $550K in pot found near Patagonia hiking trail

Border Patrol agents found more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000 on Monday near a hiking trail south of Patagonia. ... Read more»

Ex-head of anti-immigration group named ombudsman at U.S. immigration agency

As FAIR official, Julie Kirchner advocated harsh restrictions on immigrants. Now her job is to provide them assistance. ... Read more»

School districts, education groups sue Arizona over funding shortfalls

Lawmakers have violated the Arizona Constitution by failing to adequately fund school facilities and repairs, according to a lawsuit filed against the state on Monday by school districts and education groups. ... Read more»

Growing pains on roads across Arizona

Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County's nat'l monuments should be safe from Trump's wrath

President Trump has included two sites in Pima County in a potential roll-back of national monuments across the country. But our Southern Arizona monuments aren't just good for the environment. They're good for business and not just the soy-based, eco-tourism business. There's a damned fine reason for the blade-and-grade types to keep things just as they are. ... Read more»1

Experts: Aging in isolation a ‘silent killer’ for millions

Mortality rates are higher among seniors who are aging in isolation, a “silent killer” that affects millions but goes mostly unnoticed. An estimated 8 million older adults are affected by isolation, putting them at more risk for depression, dementia and mortality, a group of experts, including the Pima Council on Aging's W. Mark Clark, told Congress.... Read more»

Arizona public records aren’t so public

More than a month ago, 19 Arizona agencies were given simple public record requests seeking data on the numbers of those requests those agencies received in 2015 and 2016. Less than half responded. ... Read more»

SRP gets failing grade for transparency of online financial records

Arizona’s Salt River Project earned failing marks for the transparency of its online financial records, one of more than half of special districts nationwide to fail in a new report on districts that provide services independently of state or local jurisdictions.... Read more»

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